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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Bentley Flying Spur are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin old Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Flying Spur offers optional Bentley Safeguard Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The old Rapide doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Flying Spur has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The old Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Flying Spur helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Flying Spur’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Flying Spur offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The old Rapide only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Flying Spur’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Flying Spur’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Flying Spur has standard Private eCall, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Flying Spur and the old Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.
The Bentley Flying Spur weighs 986 pounds more than the Aston Martin old Rapide. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
There are over 28 percent more Bentley dealers than there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Flying Spur’s warranty.
The Flying Spur’s 6.0 turbo 12-cylinder produces 46 more horsepower (626 vs. 580) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 465) than the old Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
The Flying Spur offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The old Rapide doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The Flying Spur’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The old Rapide doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the Flying Spur’s brake rotors are larger than those on the old Rapide:
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flying Spur has standard 21-inch wheels. Only 20-inch wheels are available on the old Rapide. The Flying Spur offers optional 22-inch wheels.
The Flying Spur has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The old Rapide doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The front and rear suspension of the Flying Spur uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the old Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Flying Spur has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Flying Spur’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Flying Spur’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the old Rapide (125.7 inches vs. 117.7 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Flying Spur’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the old Rapide’s (36.3 feet vs. 41 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Flying Spur a Mid-size car, while the old Rapide is rated a Subcompact.
The Flying Spur has standard seating for 5 passengers; the old Rapide can only carry 4.
The Flying Spur has 19 cubic feet more passenger volume than the old Rapide (102 vs. 83).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Flying Spur. The old Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Flying Spur has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just a gesture, completely leaving your hands free. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Flying Spur offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
Advanced Key System standard on the Flying Spur allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin old Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Flying Spur detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The old Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Flying Spur offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The old Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the Flying Spur’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Flying Spur offers optional massaging front and rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the old Rapide.
The Flying Spur’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The old Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Flying Spur offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The old Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the Flying Spur offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Bentley Flying Spur offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The old Rapide doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Flying Spur’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The old Rapide doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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